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So, I made a facebook page a long time ago, but I've really been failing with keeping it up to date. As of late, I haven't been very interested in keeping my deviantart account, as I don't really like the way the site is run. Thus, I think I may just switch over to mainly using the facebook page. This'll give me a much better way of showing my gallery, as deviantart isn't amazing for sorting galleries.

If anyone is interested in following me there, I think I'll start using that as my primary art site, rather than deviantart. Here's the link: www.facebook.com/RenderIssues

I'll still be uploading here, but I don't think I'll be moving my art around as much, or talking as much. Sorry if this bugs anyone, I've just started to dislike the site.

Cheers,

Rubiksphoenix.
  • Watching: Terminator
  • Playing: LoL
  • Eating: Grilled Cheese
  • Drinking: Tea
I think the hardest thing about painting pixels, is that there are few people who do it. On top of that, finding others that are currently painting is an absolute chore. The major issue is that whenever you try to find a "pixel painter" you're inevitably be pushed to the digital medium, not the traditional art. But beyond, that I've only ever been able to find either people who have stopped, of communities that have just died out.

I honestly don't know what to think of it. I've found artists who painted back in 2005, 2009, 2007, earlier, or more recent, and they all have the same thing in common: They stopped. I guess the biggest issue is that on major art pages like Deviantart, the work is just not really appreciated (then again, I haven't really liked dA since about 2005 =s), so finding the work is hard on this site.

I don't know why I'm so bugged about it. I guess it's because I have people to share my work with, just not people who also call it their calling form of art. Can't share secrets, tips, work galleries, art trades, it's just flustering sometimes. I'm part of one forum right now, that use to be active about two years ago, but now has failed, and the forum just thrives off its beaded pixel painting section.

I'm curious how much longer I'll keep painting, because I know when I stop it'll become just another dead dA page that's minimally visited.
  • Watching: Terminator
  • Playing: LoL
  • Eating: Grilled Cheese
  • Drinking: Tea
Okay so, I managed to get combo'd by a couple virus over the past week. On thursday of last week I got hit by a stomach virus, which caused me to be KO'd and bed ridden for a couple days. Beyond feeling like shit, I still wanted to do work on paintings, but had gotten very little work on the couple paintings I had going at the time.

From there, apparently I had managed to catch some sort of flu, or bad cold from the minimal human contact I had, as before the stomach virus had finished having its way with me, I had come down with a fever, cold flashes, headaches etc.

This was a little easier to work through, as I could just stuff myself with pills and I'd be ready to go, but it all of these things did make me shy away from doing any computer work. This includes photo editing, and taking pictures mind you. I didn't want to do all the finer stuff, since I was already doing some pin needle corrections on canvases.

Anyway, beyond that I finished two more paintings about a hour ago, and I have another painting from last week I had finished right before I had gotten sick. I also, apparently never uploaded a picture of a painting I had done about a year ago, so while I'm at it, I'll upload that one too.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
So I've been lazy about updating.

I have 3 paintings I'm probably going to upload by the end of the weekend, all of which I've been a bit sceptical. Ideally, I think that everyone should have played these games (or atleast know the character), as in their own right they're all amazing in their genres. But unfortunately, they're all completely different genres. The three paintings I'll be uploading are:

Ganon
The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

Godot
Ace Attorney: Trials And Tribulations

Nell
Advanced wars

Also take this as a thinly veiled suggestion to pick up both the Ace Attorney Series and Advanced Wars. Ace Attorney if you enjoy puzzle/story games, and Advanced Wars if you like turn based strategy games (similar to fire emblem).

Hopefully everyone will be able to see them soon!
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
If you plan to play the ace attorney series for Nintendo gameboy DS:

~~~~~ SPOILER ~~~~~

So right now I'm painting a picture of Godot from Trials and tribulations, and man, that game was crazy. Every time I pick up the painting to work on it a bit, I start to get really sad, as it was one of the most heart crushing moments in a game, movie or novel I've ever read. Hell, that's why my user name has "Phoenix" in it, and there's a pink tie on the rubik's cube. Ace Attorney has always had a lot of emotional strength. Capcom has always done a great job with stories in their games, But the Ace Attorney series has had a strong puzzle section, length of game, and characters you can really learn to love. I wasn't shocked when Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was outstanding with only two people from the Ace Attorney team.

But oh man, Godot takes the cake. Hands down one of my favourite moments in the some odd years I've been gaming (sole reason I would recommend the series to people). So much so, that I wanted to paint a picture of him from the game. I didn't touch it before, because it was on the DS, which has a high colour count and would be a huge challenge (even after 3 years of painting). 13" x 16" canvas and I couldn't even fit the entire head.

Recently though I decided to do it, but had a dilemma with which picture to choose. My choice came down to him smirking with the coffee mug up to mouth, or when he's defeated, fingers on his forehead, crying blood. I wanted to do the second so much, for my love of the characters backstory, not his wit and persona. After a conversation with my girlfriend though, we decided it was just far too depressing of a moment, seeing as it's beyond his redemption point, and he admits that he only worked to avenge Mia, and meet Phoenix.

I may have to do a second, just to paint that moment, as it really defines the moment that I realized designers really can convey works of art through video games.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
Hello everyone,

I'm sorry I pretty much dropped off the face of the earth for the past month. I've been dealing with a lot of personal problems as of late, and haven't been able to bring myself around to painting at all. It's been a rough couple of weeks, but I plan to produce at least a couple pieces in the next coming week(s).

I look forward to seeing peoples thoughts on my work,

Rubiks.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
Hello everyone,

So, it took me a very long time, but I finally managed to upload all of my work to a facebook page, which is now up to date. If you want updates on my work on, I'd be very willing to upload to progress there, and the final results here!

Not much action going on right now though, exams (ick). Once they're over though I'll be back in the game, and uploading some more paintings I've done recently (which I've just been too lazy to take pictures of).

Hope you're enjoying the gallery,

Rubiks
AKA. Renderissues

www.facebook.com/RenderIssues
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
So I've been quiet for a very long time. This has been due to school and other commitments I've been dealing with. But this past weekend, I sat down for around 16 hours and painted. The horrifying thing is, most likely 13 of those 16 hours has been on a single painting and I can gladly say, completed pictures of the giant pokemon yellow start screen shall be uploaded within a couple days!

I think it turned out wonderfully, better than I had expected in fact!

Update about an update I guess,

Philip.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
I'd like to quickly introduce this journal entry by saying that currently I've started work on my 38th, 39th, and 40th paintings officially today (having just finished patching up the three that I had uploaded today). After a fun time at ConBravo, I've caught myself being upset by the huge jump of how many paintings I have in my possession over the past couple of weeks. I had a huge shock at the convention, being when I had given away a pair of paintings that I had put a lot of work into, it had taken a while for me to realize that it took a quick instance for them to disappear.

Its been a rough road finding stuff to paint over the past couple months, and coming up with games to paint because I've already touched on a lot of games I adored. I've gotten a lot better from when I first started painting, both my method and efficiency has improved dramatically, but it got me thinking about when I had first started painting.

It was hard trying to get everything perfect at first, as I had even given up at one point thinking it was a lot harder than I initially thought (there was a 3 month break in painting Mike Tyson and Chun-li). I really hope that my paintings have gone off to good homes, not because of how much work I had put into them, but because they really were the ones that started my hobby of painting.

To this day, I could point out (to a pixel) the issues I have with all of my work (and there's a lot), but I'm happy that there are people that enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy working on them.

Thanks everyone!

Rubik.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Aliens
  • Playing: Starcraft 2
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Tea
So over the past 5 days I've been the busiest yet this summer.

My days have consisted anywhere from 4 hours of commute, to painting apartments, to traveling out of town, to spending several additional hours at work moving stock. This is all ontop of my normal work schedule, and has seriously been cutting into my R&R. Because of it I would just get home and collapse into bed, no time to do anything I wanted to do!

Unfortunately, this has meant bad news for my art projects. About a week ago I was so looking forward to painting, I purchased 11 canvases. Not only has very little work been done on them, but absolutely nothing has been done for my large project. I know it's not something to rush (all of my paintings I mean) but to come home and have absolutely no time to work on them feels frustrating, even more so when I have a bit of a lull in my duties at work.

Just wanted to explain why you may not see some art in the next couple days from me.

Hopefully I can get back into the grove soon!

Rubik's
  • Listening to: Gangnam style
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Lilo and Stitch
  • Playing: LoL
  • Eating: Hummus and chips
  • Drinking: Beer
So it's official. I've started my second painting largest painting. People who saw my booth, or has seen my work in person would be very aware of my largest painting, Cammy. A couple days ago, I've started a much delayed present for my girlfriend (she already knows about it. She asked about the canvas).

I'll upload progress photos of it, but not the design (you'll get it really quickly). The canvas stands at 3' x 3' and will hopefully mean a lot more than just a painting to people who see it, and to her.

Hope you enjoy!
  • Listening to: Gangnam style
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Toy story 2
  • Drinking: Beer
As promised, I finished four paintings over the past couple days. Though now, my endeavours now lead to getting more canvases. I'm having a lot of trouble finding pictures though, and now my attention is going to have to switch to that.

Although, once I have a good idea of the things I want to paint, the uploading should become a lot faster than it has been (hopefully a lot more ideas will be decently sized, as it seems people prefer the size to the really detailed smaller paintings).

Just a short update, hope you enjoy the work being uploaded!
  • Listening to: Gangnam style
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Toy story 2
  • Drinking: Beer
So two weeks ago, I got a table with my girlfriend at a GTA convention called ConBravo. Besides meeting some really awesome cosplayers, and meeting a bunch of even more awesome merchants/artists, I now know that a lot of my work has made its way into new loving homes. My walls will be quiet this upcoming year as I have been for the past couple of weeks.

Last week I was away on vacation, but since I've gotten back I've picked up my paint brush again and will be dishing out somewhere between 3 and 5 paintings this week. I know I've been much behind my desired schedule before, but hopefully this time I can keep up the pace (especially with a couple new friends of mine pushing me to get back into alleys before others start trying to sell similar stuff in the area)!

I'll keep you updated.
  • Listening to: Gangnam style
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Toy story 2
  • Drinking: Beer
Just wanted to quickly say that I'm finally back from being bullied too much by my classes, thus now I have time to paint. That being said, my largest project is almost done! In other news, I've managed to ditch a couple ideas for paintings and took on a couple requests from people of awesome characters that I seemed to have over looked. And finally, I've hit the 6 month mark before I go onto the road with my work.

School was hectic, and I was getting too busy for hobbies. I'm using the beginning of the term before test studying starts (which I'm going to call a grace period) to catch up on some much needed painting. I ended up purchasing a huge amount of canvases before the work hit last term and never got around to using them, so supplies are plentiful.

The largest project I've taken on thus far had to be be put on hold. If anyone reads these, it was the one I've been continuously preaching about, being roughly 6 times larger than my second largest painting. Well, the good news is that after tomorrow afternoon, I'll only need to put in 3 more colours before it's complete, which I'm going to estimate will be just about a week from today.

Some characters I picked for paintings apparently didn't get much attention or appreciation. Some works were getting much less than some of my other work by the visits to my room gallery. Because of this (and because of some persistence) I've decided to scrap some ideas and take in some character suggestions. Hopefully they'll be easier than my current project, but heck, it's all work.

A lot of my latest updates before I stopped were small, and simple paintings. Why might you ask? because I've managed to get a booth at a convention that's coming up in about 6 months. I'll be sharing the table with a friend, but here's hoping my work won't go unnoticed, and I can actually get back some money from my investment!

Thanks for reading,

Rubik.
  • Listening to: Supertramp
  • Reading: Great Expectations
  • Watching: Tron
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Drinking: Tea
So, not being able to paint is making me a little bit unsettled. I have all the materials required to do so, but the lack of time is driving me crazy. Currently I have a large list of paintings that I plan to paint (mind you, the majority are either commissions or being painted for general selling purposes) and absolutely no time to do so because of my strict school schedule.

Besides general work, such as tests, assignments, field work, and arranged social events, I've even had to cut into my sleep schedule with no sign for this system to let up for at least another 4 weeks. As frustrating as that is, I have my paintings half complete, leaning up against the wall smiling and staring with their unfinished eyes. It's gotten to a point where I have to consider them clutter only because until I have time to finish them and put them on my walls.

Unfortunately, the most noticeable side effect is the very generic comment I get from guests after I brought the incomplete ones "Your paintings are great, but you really should finish that one", from "How do you get time to do all of this?" or "Your work is outstanding".

Hopefully I actually will have some pockets of time in the next coming weeks, since I believe without it this lack of personal work may have a very negative effect on my room and my mood about painting in general. I've already gone through a phase where I stopped painting entirely (It began because of how much frustration I was getting from setting the bar high and painting mike tyson and chun-li as my 2nd and 3rd paintings) where I stopped painting for around 4 months. I don't want this to happen, so I'll try to keep the updates coming as it may keep me feeling closer to my work.

Thanks for reading,

Rubik.
  • Listening to: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Reading: Differentiable Equations and Vector Calculus Textb
  • Watching: The Sting
  • Playing: League of Legends
  • Drinking: Tea
So I'm really happy with my work thus far. Currently, I have five people asking me to do commissions for them, and at this rate, I'll have more on my plate than I ever planned! Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of my own projects are going to have to go on hold (expect for the one I'm currently working on) and the rest will have to wait...

Although I never wanted to make an actual "business" out of painting, besides selling the ones I don't really want anymore and friends, but it seems to be expanding past that. At any rate, work is getting out of hand, and I've gotten even slower compared to when I was buckled down with my courses. Nights are getting late so commissions (even ones that have been asked for back in june) have gotten even further behind!

Short update, thanks for reading!
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode 5
  • Drinking: Water
Over the last little while, I've realized one important thing. I've been forgetting to either sign paintings, or think about what I would do with the paintings in the long term. Either way, it seems I've got some long term issues for myself if I plan to continue painting. Though one major issue remains, if I do plan to let some of these paintings go (and I assure you, I will) I don't have the heart or the knowledge to price these things.

The pricing of paintings always intrigue me, as I've scouted around I hear of people who paint pixels make anywhere from 10 to 20 dollars per hour for their work. Though it doesn't seem much, that's actually quite a bit to me. Unfortunately, I find that I paint much slower (or it feels that way) than these other people, as I can never picture myself making it above 7.5per hour... Of course, it seems that quality doesn't show much across pixels (to create a large variation if cost anyway).

The other thing that always interested me about the whole thing, is that just painting pixel portraits is one thing, but painting pixels in different forms, with backgrounds and other more creative themes maybe kicking in. Because of it, I've ended up scrapping around half of my painting list to fast track to paintings I know not only myself, but others will enjoy just as well.
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode 5
  • Drinking: Water
I use to think that three projects were a lot to be working on at once. That is, until today where I had six paintings on the go, and decided it was a good time to start preparing my 7th. Why? Maybe I feel better working on multiple at a time, maybe I like to have the choice on which painting I want to work on, or maybe paint just takes to damn long to dry.

Six paintings going at once; I found myself fixing up Two, and finishing a colour on one of the other four (the other three are part of a four painting set, thus I have to wait for colours to be finished before moving on to make the mixed paint more useful).

Where does this leave me? As it seems, my posting on DeviantArt is starting to seem more and more periodic. I wanted to finish a large painting every three works or so, and a smaller one every week. This is not the case. My large painting is coming along, maybe 1/3rd done, but suddenly I have 5 smaller ones going at once. Somehow, this falls outside of my plan.

Oh well, I'll run with it. If anyone's paying attention to my posting, I'm still alive.
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode 4
  • Eating: Almonds
  • Drinking: Water
It seem a little silly to say, but with practice really done some perfect. You get so caught up trying to do things well the first time, that you never notice how much better things are getting multiple projects later (or faster).

Because these paintings require such large amounts of time to finish, the experience tends to burn into your memory to a point where you can recall almost every smudge, or notice where the mistakes were made. After all, everyone knows their own art. I have to admit though I hadn't started thinking about these things until some of my friends started asking me about them, not about technique, but about making them copies.

It's very early to start making copies to sell, mainly because I would hate to sell work that I know isn't good enough to other peoples standards yet, specially on Deviantart. Thus, I plan to make a deal.

My own personal goal: Once I reach 10,000 views (if I reach 10,000 views) I will start selling work. Either by request, or selling off some of the work I've done.

This goal gives me loads of time, since I'm barely at half a thousand views, but also makes it very achievable.






Hopefully I'll still want to make them by that point.
It always seems strange to me that I always manage to forget one thing at someone's house. Better yet, I leave stuff at home when I'm heading out and need to purchase more of the same object almost every other week... Most often it happens with toothbrushes, which I now have purchased around 5 over the course of 8 months.

After destroying my paintbrush by deciding to leave it in a cup of paint until the entire cup dried, I was stuck in a situation where I was far to lazy to go get a new one, using my large amount of school work as an excuse to not paint anymore. A thought struck me the other day, "Oh, why not use a spare toothbrush?", and better yet "oh, why not use the backside of a toothbrush?".

Because my painting style depends entirely on how smooth the painting is and the pieces of tape, I found that with the backside of a brush the tape wouldn't suddenly come up sometimes (as it did with a paint brush) and the work was much smoother! Of course I have to be careful for large solid areas, but in the long run I end up shaving off hours of work because I decided to pick up a toothbrush!

It's a crazy world out there...